The story according to Matthew, is that Jesus was convicted of blasphemy by the High priests. He was bound, and forced to go to prison, and was sent to Pontius Pilate to be dealt with. Pontius Pilate saw that Jesus the King of the Jews stood before him, and asked the Jews if they were sure they wanted to put him to death. With a resounding "Yes" Pontius Pilate washed his hands, symbolizing he was washed of the sin of killing an innocent man, and handed the decision to the Jews. To which they responded, "His blood be on us, and on our children" He was crucified that day, and a sign reading THIS IS JESUS KING OF THE JEWS was written.